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July 9, 2014

Syrian government troops walk through the besieged city of Aleppo, July 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:19 GMT
Syrian rebels have cited concern over the besieged city of Aleppo amid fears Syria's largest city will be recaptured by government forces.
Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.
The U.S responded with deep concern to Bahrain demanding U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski's leave the country following his meeting with Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-WEFAQ MEDIA CENTRE).
09:42 GMT
Bahrain's main Shiite Muslim opposition group was summoned by Bahraini authorities for "interrogation" on Tuesday, following their meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski.
Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT
Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.
Palestinian mourners gather at the funeral of murdered youth, Mohammed Abu Kheir in Shuafat, July 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:32 GMT
With the help of America, Israel has persecuted an indigenous people, annexed even more land and now launched yet another war in Gaza. Was peace ever on the table?
Palestinian protesters stand close to the separation wall on the outskirts of Ramallah (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT
Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces Wednesday in the West Bank, following intense IDF's attacks across the Gaza Strip.
Israeli air strikes have left several dead. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
Jordan strongly condemned Israel's recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate halt to strikes.
A protester stands with a sign during an anti-Assad protest in Washington, 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT
A number of British firms provided the Syrian regime with chemical weapons in the 1980s according to a Foreign Office report seen by the BBC.
A 16-year-old teen was among the dead in the Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
07:54 GMT
An Islamic Jihad leader along with five members of his family were killed by an Israeli air strike late on Tuesday. The death toll in Gaza now stands at 24 since Monday.
Israel's air and naval forces have struck scores of sites across the Gaza Strip overnight, with ground troops arriving on the Strip's borders in advance (AFP/ File).
07:30 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has telephoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to support a ceasefire to halt Israeli military escalations in the Gaza Strip.
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. Israeli strikes on Gaza killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 100, emergency services said, as the military began an aerial campaign against militants in the Strip. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
07:26 GMT
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah
Bahra headed the opposition delegation at the Geneva II talks. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT
The Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main opposition group, elected Hadi al-Bahra as their new president.
ISIL rapidly seized control of several major Iraqi cities and has vowed to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad.
Houthi rebels have been fighting directly with Sanaa's forces since February (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Rebels in Yemen's north seized control of the city of Amran near the country's capital.

July 8, 2014

ISIS took over control of Mosul in early June this year (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT
At least 25 ex-military leaders of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath party have been kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq this week,.
A 14-year-old boy was killed from one of the Israeli airstrikes Tuesday (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
18:34 GMT
At least 15 people have died thus far Tuesday from Israeli airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip in what Tel Aviv has called their "Operation Protective Edge."
A bomb attack in Bekaa in June this year left two dead and Beirut scrambling to crack down on spillover violence from Syria (File Archive/AFP)
18:03 GMT
A Rocket from Lebanon's border with Syria landed in the town of Al Fakiha in Bekaa Tuesday. No casualties were reported.
A Yemeni soldier guards a checkpoint between the country's capital and Amran where fighting has left dozens killed since Saturday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
17:17 GMT
At least 10,000 families were forced to flee from their homes as fighting escalated between Yemeni government forces and rebels in the north.
At least 80 people were wounded from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Tuesday alone (Jack Guez/AFP)
16:23 GMT
The Arab League's top leadership urged the UN Security Council Tuesday to hold an urgent meeting on the recent round of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that have left dozens wounded.
Jordan's armed forces are between 150,000 and 200,000 (File Archive)
15:22 GMT
Jordan officially launched a recruitment drive Tuesday in an effort to boost its ranks to combat the jihadist militant threat from neighboring Iraq.
Bomb attacks in Iraq's capital have left civilians wounded or dead almost daily over the past year (File Archvie/AFP)
13:51 GMT
At least eight people were killed north of Iraq's capital Tuesday as Baghdad officials attempt to counter the jihadist offensive sweeping the country.
A Palestinian man examines damage to his car in an Israeli "price tag" attack (File/AFP)
12:24 GMT
Two Palestinian men were killed after an Israeli settler ran them over in what is believed to be another revenge attack.
The Iraqi army has been battling ISIL and other Sunni militants for control of multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT
The Iraqi military is building fortifications near Baghdad in preparation for an ISIL advance.
British citizens were recently pictured in a propaganda video by terrorist group ISIL (File/AFP)
11:00 GMT
Muslim leaders in the UK called for unity and urged British citizens not to travel to Iraq and Syria and join terrorist groups such as ISIL.
As Egypt's new president, Sisi is tasked with fixing Egypt's ailing economy. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi donated 500,000 Egyptian pounds to a bank account opened to receive donations for the ailing economy.
Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT
A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has imposed strict regulations on the people of Raqqa and Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, is enforcing a strict and extreme Sharia law on the people forced to live under his rule.
A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa (File/AFP)
09:02 GMT
Heavy clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and Sunni tribesmen backed by government forces erupted in northern Yemen.
Muhammed Abu Khdeir's body was found badly burned in the outskirts of Jerusalem (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
The family murdered Palestinian teen, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, said on Monday they "refused to welcome" condolences from the former Israeli president, Shimon Peres, for their son.
Hamdi Swelim (L), uncle of Tariq Abu Khder, the high school student who was released from custody & placed under house arrest after he was brutally beaten & detained by Israeli forces, speaks to journalists during a press conference at the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa on July 7, 2014. (AFP / PETER MUHLY)
07:38 GMT
Hamdi Swelim (L), uncle of Tariq Abu Khder
There are an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon (File/AFP)
07:34 GMT
Forty-five thousand Syrian refugees were removed from the UNHCR's registry and verification program in Lebanon because they "failed to keep in contact", according to a spokesperson.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have risen over the killing of three Jewish teens and one Palestinian teen. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT
Israel is calling up its reservist forces as tensions with Palestinians increase.
Sources say the Gaza International Airport was heavily bombed. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israeli fighter jets are launching a series of new airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

July 7, 2014

A recent cut in energy subsidies has caused fuel prices to rise. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT
The Egyptian army will send buses to the streets to help transport civilians.
Egyptian subsidies are being cut in an effort to help the Egyptian economy. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has defended cuts to Egyptian subsidies.
The session is set to focus on the government formation process. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Iraq's new parliament delayed a key session scheduled for Tuesday.
Thousands of Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT
A suicide bomb exploded at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad Monday.
Lebanon hosts millions of Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
The head of Lebanon's parliamentary Health Committee MP Atef Majdalani said Syrian doctors and nurses are practicing illegally in Lebanese hospitals and clinics.
Subsidy reform could lead to a boost in economic growth for the country. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT
Egypt's new government is cutting fuel subsidies in an effort to save the economy.
Earlier this week, a leaked report said ISIS planned to attack Lebanon (File/AFP)
13:02 GMT
A military judge on Monday charged 28 suspects with belonging to the radical Sunni group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
A 16-year-old Palestinian was burned alive by Israeli settlers last week. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT
Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip to voice their anger over the recent killing of a Palestinian teenager who was burned alive by Israeli settlers.
Egypt's violence has spilled over into the Nile Delta after the ousting of Mohamed Morsi (File/AFP)
12:42 GMT
An army officer was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Nile Delta. Police are unsure if the killing was related to political or criminal activity as investigations continue.
A ceasefire between Shia Houthi fighters and government forces expired on June 23, leading to further violence (File/AFP)
11:32 GMT
At least 35 people were killed and 40 injured as Shia rebels clashed with tribesmen allied with the government in Yemen.
Netanyahu, right, and Lieberman at a Likud-Beiteinu faction meeting on March 14, 2013.
11:23 GMT
FM says his differences of opinion with Prime Minister Netanyahu, particularly on handling of Gaza rocket threat, have made a continued union impossible; says Yisrael Beytenu will continue to be a part of coalition.
A Palestinian woman Hamas supporter hold up a rifle during a protest against the kidnapping and killing a Palestinian teenager by Israeli settlers in Jerusalem earlier in the week, and against any Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in the Jabalya refugee camp, in northern Gaza, on July 4, 2014. [AFP]
10:14 GMT
IAF strikes in Gaza following 25 rockets throughout day; Hamas says Israel "will pay" for escalation; mortar shell lands in Golan Heights from Syria, IDF retaliates with gunfire.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon make up at least 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
10:09 GMT
The complications surrounding Lebanon's policy for Syrian refugees are back on the negotiating table with the UNHCR.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office.
09:37 GMT
"We worked immediately to find the perpetrators, they will be tried and brought to justice," says Netanyahu.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said during his statement on Sunday, militant group ISIL planned to "take over Egypt" (File/AFP)
09:06 GMT
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a Kurdish referendum for independence would be a "catastrophic division of Iraq".
Six Palestinian fighters were buried under debris after an air strike, a Hamas spokesman said (File/AFP)
08:09 GMT
Israeli air raids killed nine Palestinian fighters and injured at least five civilians across the besieged Gaza Strip overnight.
Tariq Abu Khder, a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly beaten during police custody, is hugged by his mother following a hearing at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 6, 2014. Tariq, who was arrested in Shuafat during violent clashes between stonethrowers & Israeli riot police. (AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)
07:55 GMT
Tariq Abu Khder (C), a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly
MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, causing anger across Kuwait (File/AFP)
07:47 GMT
Protesters on Sunday clashed with police following the arrest of a leading opposition figure. MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, sparking unauthorized demonstrations.
Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader & former MP Mussallam al-Barrak wave flags during a demonstration to ask for his release on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander & insults to the supreme judicial council. (AFP / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)
07:43 GMT
Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak
Abbas reminded the public that 16 children and women were killed within the past two weeks at the hands of Israeli forces in his commentary Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the UN Sunday to form an international committee to investigate Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians.

July 6, 2014

Many army units have joined Haftar's offensive on Islamists in Libya, despite opposition from Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Libya's central government called for an end to fighting in the country's eastern city of Benghazi Sunday.
Tarek Abu Khdeir was filmed being beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem this week (Courtesy of Ma'an News Agency)
18:42 GMT
The Palestinian-American teenager who was brutally beaten by Israeli police and arrested without charges in Jerusalem was sentenced to house arrest for nine days ahead of his trial.


Maliki last week vowed to "never give up" on serving an unprecedented third term as the country's premier, despite growing criticism from both opposition and allies of his leadership (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Iranian leadership told the media Sunday that while it backs Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's bid to continue as the country's premier, Tehran is also ready to support "any candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
17:00 GMT
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.
Ahmad Jarba has served as president of the coalition for a year, the maximum term allowed by the group (File Archive/AFP)
15:26 GMT
Syria's opposition group will meet this week in Istanbul to elect a new president.
ISIS now controls most of Syria's oil fields as well as the country's eastern territories (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
14:11 GMT
At least 30,000 people were forced to leave their homes in eastern Syrian by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) Saturday.
Before and after images of the 15-year-old teen show the brutality of the Israeli police officers, who were filmed beating the teen (Image: Twitter)
13:48 GMT
The U.S. has voiced concern after a 15-year-old American-Palestinian was filmed being severely beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem. The teen has now been released from Israeli custody and is under house arrest.
Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, said Peshmerga forces will not give up Kirkuk (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT
Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian young man during clashes with Palestinians protesting against the murder of a Palestinian teenager on July 6, 2014 in the West Bank village of Al-Ram, adjacent to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.[AFP]
12:01 GMT
Suspicions mounting that crime was carried out for nationalistic reasons, according to Israeli media reports; a gag order remains in place on the details of the investigation.
Shia rebels were bombed by Yemen's air force after the ceasefire between the two expired (File/AFP)
11:51 GMT
Yemen's air force raided Shia Houthi positions in Amran, 30 miles northwest of the country's capital Sana'a on Saturday, reportedly causing a number of casualties.
Lebanese soldiers stand beside the aftermath of a bombing in Bekaa Valley in December 2013 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT
Lebanon's Internal Security Forces believe that radical Sunni militant group ISIS will strike the country with a series of attacks, according to a leaked report.
Tariq Abu Khdeir's family said he has been denied medical treatment while in Israeli custody (Image: Twitter)
10:29 GMT
Graphic video footage of masked Israeli forces beating a Palestinian-American teenager, then detaining him in Jerusalem has emerged, causing widespread condemnation.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office. [AFP]
10:08 GMT
Premier held urgent security consultations Saturday that ended with only an anemic statement to the press.
A pro-Morsi supporter holds up a picture of the ousted leader in Cairo University, June 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT
Clashes in the Nile Delta province left five people including three policemen injured late on Saturday. Two of the victims were wounded during a demonstration for ousted president, Mohammad Morsi.
Self-proclaimed caliph of Muslims, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, called on people of the Islamic faith worldwide to obey him (File/AFP)
09:06 GMT
ISIS won't be resting anytime soon, not even for Ramadan. As its operations will no doubt increase during the holy month, the world needs to open its eyes and take this militant group seriously.
Egypt's security forces cracked down further on Muslim Brotherhood protesters following their calls for a "day of rage" on July 3, the first anniversary of Mohamed Morsi's ousting (File/AFP)
08:51 GMT
Leading spokesman for Egypt's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy was charged with a number of offences including obstructing the constitution and joining a banned organization.
Israeli settlers have increased "revenge attacks" against Palestinians after three Jewish teens were killed in the West Bank (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT
Hardline Jewish settlers attacked a Christian cleric while he was traveling from Bethlehem to his church in the village of Aboud.
Collective punishment: Human rights groups have criticized Israel's use of force against Palestinians in the West Bank, since the teens went missing (File/AFP)
08:10 GMT
Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian man from Hebron in connection with the killing of three settlers - a charge his family denies.
ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT
ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.
An Iraqi man cleans the pavement after a car exploded outside a restaurant in the southern city of Basra on July 5, 2014. Militants led by the jihadist Islamic State group overran large swathes of Iraq in an offensive that began June 9, alarming world leaders and displacing hundreds of thousands. (AFP /HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI)
07:45 GMT
An Iraqi man cleans the pavement after a car exploded outside a restaurant
Regime barrel bomb attacks targeted the city of Aleppo daily in late 2013 and early this year (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Violence throughout Syria left dozens more killed Saturday.

July 5, 2014

Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of criticism in terms of Manama's human rights violations against opposition activists (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT
At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack,At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack.
Bouteflika has made very few public appearances since strokes left him hospitalized in France last summer (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made his first public appearance Saturday since he was sworn in for his fourth term as head of state in April.
ISIS has been in control of Syria's city of Raqqa since the beginning of this year (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
The jihadist leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) released a statement Saturday ordering all Muslims to obey him.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Baalbek area suffered through a harsh winter this year (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT
Lebanese Cabinet members announced this week that there is a chance that Lebanon will establish refugee camps for Syrian refugees, in a move that is considered somewhat unprecedented in the country.
Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani called on the Kurdish Regional Government to set a date for an independence referendum earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
15:03 GMT
Too many coincidences seem to indicate that Ankara is backing Kurdistan's bid for independence in many more ways than may be immediately realized.
16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir was killed in his neighborhood in Arab east Jerusalem this week, heightening already critical tensions between Israelis and Palestinians following the discovery of the missing Israeli teens' bodies in Hebron last week (AFP)
14:37 GMT
Tel Aviv doctors who conducted the autopsy of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir found Saturday that his cause of death was from burns. The teen's death has sparked a renewed and heightened round of tension between Israelis and Palestinians, particularly in Jerusalem where the teen was killed earlier this week.
Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets this week in protest of the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi this time last year (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
14:03 GMT
An Egyptian court convicted and sentenced to life 37 more Muslim Brotherhood members Saturday for "inciting violence" last year during clashes following former president Mohammed Morsi's oust from power in 2013.
Lebanon's parliament has failed to elect a president since May, forcing the country into a political leadership vacuum (File Archive)
13:43 GMT
Lebanese MPs expressed skepticism Saturday that a new president would lead Lebanon any time soon.
(AFP)
10:00 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.
A Syrian girl carries food she collected from tables after Turkish people break their fasting on July 4, 2014, at Taksim square, during the holy month of Ramadan in Istanbul. Muslim believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset. (AFP / OZAN KOSE)
09:00 GMT
A Syrian girl carries food she collected from tables after Turkish people break
Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
08:51 GMT
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a government building in Saudi Arabia Saturday after being surrounded by security forces, Al-Arabiya reported.
Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)
07:34 GMT
At least 20 Palestinians were reported injured on Friday in clashes following the funeral of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, medics said.
Kuwaitis took to the streets after an opposition figure was detained for "insulting" the government earlier this week (Kuwaiti Interior Ministry/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Kuwait's Interior Ministry released a statement Friday saying that the government will firmly confront all forms of rioting and incitement following this week's rise in public protests in the capital.

July 4, 2014

Pro-Morsi supporters took to the streets Thursday and Friday to mark the oust of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
20:00 GMT
At least one teenager was killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters Friday.
Maliki at one point pledged to not run for a third term (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister reiterated his staunch determination to remain in power for a third term Friday despite growing pressures to resign.
Steinitz's statement of support comes days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to "support" and "safeguard" Jordan from Islamist militant forces if need be (File Archive)
18:00 GMT
A top Israeli official told reporters Friday that Tel Aviv is ready to help Jordan fight off any Islamist insurgents from its neighbor Iraq if requested.
Israeli police told reporters that "thousands" of officers were deployed to East Jerusalem ahead of the teen's funeral in Shufat Friday (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
17:00 GMT
At least 20 people were reportedly injured in clashes in Jerusalem after Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir's funeral was held Friday.
At least 374 Yemeni forces have been killed during the first half of 2014 in Sanaa's offensives on AQAP, Shiite Houthi rebels and southern separatists (File Archive)
16:25 GMT
Armed gunmen from Yemen killed a Saudi security official Friday.
ISIS also remains in control of the city of Raqqa located in north central Syria (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
15:02 GMT
Jihadists in Syria now control all of the country's main oil and gas fields.
Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT
At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.
Egyptian riot policemen douse burning tyres thrown by supporters of Muslim Brotherhood movement during their rally to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 in Cairo's Ain Shams district. [AFP]
13:58 GMT
A bomb detonated on Friday in Egypt’s Fayoum governorate killing three, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.
Mohammed Abu Khudair (Facebook)
11:29 GMT
Mohammed Abu Khudair, 17-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat, was killed this morning after being kidnapped in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem.
An Israeli soldier stands guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, to reach the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City for traditional Friday prayers, the first of Islam's holy month of Ramadan on July 4, 2014. [AFP]
11:21 GMT
Extra officers have been placed at potential flashpoints, such as on roadways and at hitchhiking spots.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
11:18 GMT
Syrian warplanes carried out at least three airstrikes on the outskirts of Arsal in east Lebanon Friday, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three family members
Palestinian women make their way through the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah & Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, to reach the al-Aqsa mosque for traditional Friday prayers. Israeli authority has forbidden access to Al-Aqsa mosque to muslim men under 50 years & for muslim women under 40. (AFP / MUSA AL SHAER)
10:37 GMT
Palestinian women make their way through the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah
Abu Obeida, the official spokesperson of the Palestinian militant group Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, give a press conference on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City. [AFP]
08:19 GMT
Hamas called Thursday upon all Palestinians to engage in “the revolution of Shufat” with every possible tool in their power to aid the resistance.